Priest faces three felonies for allegedly seeking sex with teenaged girls
By Rachel Lippmann
St. Louis – A former priest at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in south St. Louis has been charged with three felonies for allegedly seeking sex with an underage girl.
James Patrick Grady was one of three men picked up in an FBI sting in late July. He allegedly responded to an advertisement set up by the FBI offering girls for sexual activity, and set up a meeting with a 16-year-old. He was arrested when he showed up to the meeting location.
The indictment issued Thursday also says law enforcement found child pornography on Grady's computer.
Grady was suspended from his post after his arrest. He could face life in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted of the sex trafficking, possession of child pornography, and coercion and enticement charges.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis would not comment on pending litigation.